Apple to begin reopening stores for a second time as US cases begin to decline

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Apple is set to start reopening its retail stores across the US after being forced to close them for a second time due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

The iPhone maker began informing its staff this week that stores are due to reopen imminently but will continue to practice strict social distancing measures and only allow a limited number of people inside.

Customers and staff will also continue to be subjected to contactless temperature checks which have been in place since the start of the pandemic.

READ MORE: Apple posts record sales during lockdown but is forced to delay new iPhone

Apple reported record sales over its last quarter, despite being forced to close all 270 US stores in March when cases first began to rise.

Since March cases across the US have largely continued to rise, forcing Apple to reclose a total of 120 stores in the worst hit areas.

While cases have fallen in the US since peaking in July at over 70,000 cases per day, the past week saw an average of 42,710 cases per day, marking a decrease of 21 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

The US has now seen a total of 5,754,100 confirmed coronavirus cases, leading to at least 177,100 deaths.

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